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Michael Flynn

Birthdate:
Birthplace: County Mayo
Death: 1904 (88-89)
Saint-Sixte, QC, Canada
Place of Burial: Saint-Sixte, QC, Canada
Immediate Family:

Husband of Jane Flynn
Father of John Flynn; Mary Ann MacGillvary; Ellen Flynn; Bernard Flynn; Catherine (Kitty) Thom and 8 others
Brother of Martin Flynn; Bridget McHall; Patrick Flynn and Mary Gahagan

Occupation: Farmer - Fled the Irish potato famine in 1842 with wife and siblings.
Managed by: Mike Flynn
Last Updated:

About Michael Flynn

Michael, Jane and Michael's siblings sailed from Ireland for Quebec City in 1842. Many books have been written regarding the terrible conditions aboard the ships. Many died while waiting to board the ships in Ireland, and many died during the voyages. A quarantine station was established at Grosse Ile in the Saint Lawrence River about 30 miles east of Quebec City. All ships were required to stop, and passengers checked for cholera and other contagious diseases. Thousands of people are buried there, in mass graves. The island is now a national park and maintained by Parks Canada.

Michael and Jane arrived by boat in Thurso, Quebec. At that time, the rivers were the only roads. They settled in a small settlement called Woodbury. Woodbury was about one mile west of the Gore United Church on the west side of the St.-Sixte creek, about 10 miles from Thurso. This settlement existed because there was a good stand of hardwood and the people lived by making soda ash bound for Europe to manufacture soap. Home was a log cabin. The St.-Sixte creek supplied water and fish, with plenty of nearby deer and rabbits for meat. Michael walked to Thurso for groceries, a distance of 10 miles. Groceries consisted of a 100 lb. sack of flour, a small sack of salt, tea, and occasionally a little sugar if times were good. He would carry this home on his back.

Over the next 24 years in the log cabin in Woodbury, Jane would give birth to 13 children, and then pass away 9 days following the birth of her last child.

When Jane died, Michael was 52 years old.

About a year after Jane's death, the government gave Michael lot 4B, range 6, township of Gore Lochaber-east. The first house was built near the south end of the farm, and the road exited at Gorman MacDonald's farm.

In 1895 the first public school was built in the Gore. All the Flynns attended this school until it closed in 1955. Previous to 1895, there were no schools, which explains why no records or documents on Michael's children are available.

In 1903 the farm was turned over to Dennis.

Michael lived to 89 and was buried in St.-Sixte in 1904.